Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Also by this author: Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1), Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2), Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
Series: Psy-Changeling #10
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Source: My shelves
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.
Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…
A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…
Kiss of Snow is the book that I’ve been anticipating rereading for a while, especially after our time in the SnowDancer den during Play of Passion, where I spent the whole book very invested in Hawke and Sienna’s snarling not-quite courtship when they weren’t even close to the focus of the book. Talk about slow burn!!
So yes, Kiss of Snow is the long-awaited story between Hawke, the SnowDancer (wolf) Alpha, and Sienna, a Psy-defector who lives in the SnowDancer pack with her family. Her uncle, Judd, had his story in Caressed by Ice. Sienna also has a very rare ability, known as an X-Psy, which is so very rare and lethal that most of the general populace doesn’t know they exist. Her ability is dangerous when used, but it’s also proving lethal to her wellbeing, as she’s the oldest surviving X that her family can find.
“How was dessert?” she asked, her throat a husky reminder that she’d screamed at the end.
A flash of teeth. “I plan to go back for seconds in a bit.”
She sucked in a breath. “Bad wolf.”
Sliding down his hand, he tugged at her damp curls.
Sienna was a great heroine! Only nineteen (yes there’s an age gap) and fighting a dangerous attraction to the SnowDancer Alpha, she was badass! Don’t forget that she’d been the apprentice to Ming, the Counselor with the military, for ten years before her family got her out. Her life wasn’t ever easy and came with an expiration date, and she wasn’t a normal 19-year-old. With a life expectancy gauged at not much, Sienna was drafted into the Counselor’s military training as soon as her abilities manifested – age five. She had to grow up fast. But once she entered the SnowDancer Pack, she had to start at the beginning and be treated like the teenager she was, proving her capability to the Pack.
I actually loved her storyline, because we got a beyond-her-years badass, as well as someone who is also integrated into the teenage/young adult/trainee group of the Pack. We get a lot of adults and young children in the Psy-Changeling series, but it was nice to experience some of the older, more carefree crowd for a bit. Sienna was friends with Kit, and I loved their interactions.
Hawke was everything I thought he would be: intense, hawt, conflicted, but resolute in his caring and possessiveness for Sienna. Their connection was EVERYTHING!! Especially when they played 🥺 My guy Hawke has been a heartthrob for me since Sascha first caught sight of him in Slave to Sensation, book one! He is a bit of emotional wasteland, having lost the one to be his mate at a tender age, and then his whole family in the worst way. He’s filled with a violent rage, so I’ve been more than ready for this book. Their story was beautiful, and I’m so grateful to Nalini for doing my man Hawke justice with this beautiful, beautiful story.
Her heart, her damned vulnerable heart, had been his from the day she understood what it was he incited against him. She had no true shields against him. Never had. Never would
Another one of my favorites was that this book was a bit of a two-for-one special, as we got to see Walker (Sienna’s uncle) and Lara (the Pack Healer) in their courtship and romance. I melted.
Nalini Singh used every skill in her repertoire for this. I wax poetic about her incredible, fluid writing skills, which were certainly put to good use here. This isn’t our first book set in the SnowDancer Wolf Pack, but the sense of Pack Pride, of family and community, was so much more pronounced in this one. I’ve already been impressed with her skills in that department before, so this one came as a pleasant surprise, to be further impressed with the sense of community she’s built.
Honestly… if you haven’t read the first book yet and started this incredible journey, I need you to understand that this series is seriously incredible!! The plot was intense in this one, a war is coming quickly and I’m so excited for the next few books! This is a series reread for me, but reading them all again is just like the first time, and Nalini is excellent at surprising me, even still. (Read my review of book one | book nine)
Series Reading Order
More reviews to come as I continue with my reread of the series!
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